This passage is about forgiveness as much as it is about grace. Paul says that Jesus’ followers have been redeemed and forgiven through the cross of Christ, “…according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us…” That word “lavish” jumps off the page at me. It reminds me of a Christmas tree wading in colorful gifts, or the tons of syrup my kids put on pancakes. It reminds me of a flood.
To lavish is to flood. And God has flooded us with his grace.
When we read the rest of Ephesians and see where we came from, we realize we needed a flood of grace to save us, forgive us, and enable us to follow Jesus.
PLEASE NOTE: We’re still learning all the new recording equipment, so unfortunately, the last few minutes of this sermon are cut off. The quote from the book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, is that “it is pretty hard to hurt [a humble] person.” The point the author makes is that humble people are emptied of themselves, so they don’t focus on themselves and their importance. Therefore, they don’t get offended easily. My point in quoting the book is that if we are easily offended, we are too full of ourselves. We are prideful. And I would add, insecure. That is where knowing Christ is vital; to find our identity in him helps us be secure in his love. It takes away the need for a lot of praise and respect from other people. — Lance